You know something’s up when a newspaper ends a headline with a question mark, like this one from The New York Times Monday night: “Did the Trump Administration Separate Immigrant Children From Parents and Lose Them?”

Um, that’s kind of what the media and pundits have been freaking out about, so could we get a simple yes or no? In short:

The New York Times reports:

Did the Trump administration separate nearly 1,500 immigrant children from their parents at the border, and then lose track of them?
No. The government did realize last year that it lost track of 1,475 migrant children it had placed with sponsors in the United States, according to testimony before a Senate subcommittee last month. But those children had arrived alone at the Southwest border — without their parents.

So much for them being ripped from their mothers’ arms, then. But how about the more than 1,000 that were “lost”?

Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees refugee resettlement, began making calls last year to determine what had happened to 7,635 children the government had helped place between last October and the end of the year.

From these calls, officials learned that 6,075 children remained with their sponsors. Twenty-eight had run away, five had been removed from the United States and 52 had relocated to live with a nonsponsor. The rest were unaccounted for, giving rise to the 1,475 number. It is possible that some of the adult sponsors simply chose not to respond to the agency.

So, as many had surmised, adult sponsors simply chose not to respond the HHS for whatever reason.

C’mon guys, give it up with the old photos from the Obama administration:


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